Allison Tant's plans for the Fla Dem party
Former lobbyist Allison Tant (left) of Tallahassee, in an unpredictable race for Florida Democratic chairman against Tampa activist Alan Clendenin, today fleshed out her vision for leading the party. Clendenin (right) had long ago spelled out his plan but Tant was a late entry into the race having been recruited by Debbie Wasserman Schultz and promptly endorsed by Sen. Bill Nelson.
Here's Tant's email:
With a coordinated campaign, a strong message and successful fundraising, we can position the Florida Democratic Party to win important elections and regain control of the Governor’s Mansion and Cabinet offices. By securing high-tech infrastructures and empowering our local democratic parties, we will recruit stronger candidates and achieve greater victories that will grow our numbers in the state legislature and at the county and municipal levels of government.
Five Pillars of Success
The successes and victories of 2012 for Florida Democrats must continue so we can achieve the change that has eluded Florida for too long. There is no question that the work ahead will not be easy and it will require a united Florida Democratic Party that holds Rick Scott and the Republican legislature accountable for the wrongheaded policies that hurt millions of families. To achieve the successes we envision, as Chair of the Florida Democratic Party, I will implement the Five Pillars of Success to guide our reforms, policies and decision-making. It will serve as a blueprint for a campaign plan that sends Rick Scot and his allies packing in November 2014. Outlined below are each of the Pillars that will help shape the direction of a new, robust Florida Democratic Party.
1. Empower Local Democratic Parties
The Florida Democratic Party can be its strongest when we empower local Democratic parties across the state. By positioning the Florida Democratic Party to serve as a hub of resources for local Democratic parties we can better provide key resources, such as email management programs, voter contact programs and fundraising softwares at cost effective prices. When local Democratic parties partner with the state party by utilizing the same programs and systems we can have a fully integrated system that streamlines data sharing and allows for real-time information sharing. As a component of strengthening the position of the state party and empower our local parties, I would like to add regional staff to help with fundraising, field and political activities. Additionally, the Florida Democratic Party will make investments in leadership development and trainings to allow for team building and leadership skills to grow from the bottom up.
2. Secure High-Tech Infrastructures
In 2008 and 2012, we learned the benefits of having high-tech infrastructures as part of campaign operations. In particular, 2012 showed that President Obama’s electoral successes in battleground states like Florida was highly dependent on data management and voter targeting. As part of an integrated and coordinated campaign operation, the Florida Democratic Party will make investments in high-tech infrastructures that include upgrades to data management programs and voter targeting systems that allow the state party, local Democratic parties and candidates to benefit from the latest technologies.
3. Recruit Strong Candidates
A central component of the Florida Democratic Party’s operations must be to identify and recruit strong candidates to run at every level of office. In 2012, Florida Democrats won up and down the ballot because of the strength of our candidates. It is important that we continue to focus our efforts in aggressive candidate outreach so we have candidates from within their communities step up and run for elected office.
4. Activate a Lasting Fundraising Operation
The successes of the Florida Democratic Party are best measured by its ability to implement an aggressive and robust fundraising operation. To implement the many components of a successful coordinated campaign operation, it requires significant resources. My focus will be to develop a lasting fundraising operation through high and small dollar contributions from Democrats across the state and nation. Florida continues to play a critical role on the national level and as such, we must harness and cultivate traditional and non-traditional donors who can make important financial commitments to the state party so we can make the needed investments around the state. In the short-term, to lay the groundwork for the critical 2014 elections, I will focus on three important tasks noted below.
5. Engage Party Faithful & Activists
The countless hours contributed every day by the party faithful and activists across the state is what makes the Florida Democratic Party a success. As chair, I will continue to bring together our grassroots leaders and activists and encourage greater involvement throughout the legislative sessions and election cycles. Through leadership trainings and workshops, we can better grow our grassroots and keep them involved in key battles that take place in our state’s capital and across county and city halls. The best tool to effectively keep our grassroots leaders and activists engaged is to have open and ongoing communication. As chair, I intend to have an integrated and coordinated communications program that brings our party leaders, elected officials, grassroots leaders and activists together through the active sharing of information.
My work as your chair will be my full-time focus because the work ahead requires nothing less. The Florida Democratic Party’s Pillars of Success is an ambitious plan to build a highly coordinated and interactive state party that paves the way for us to have many victories in 2014 and beyond. However, this plan cannot be fully implemented without significant financial resources. Therefore, one of my major priorities will be to work every day to aggressively raise the dollars needed to ensure we can successful implement the Five Pillars of Success and deliver many resources to local Democratic parties across Florida. Without financial resources, none of this can get done. And more importantly, without your support, we will not move forward!
I hope you have a safe and enjoyable New Year's Eve!
All the Best,